Below are five things to know to stay up-to-date on the Democratic National Convention in uptown Charlotte for Monday, September 3.
1. LET THE PARTY BEGIN
Opening ceremonies for CarolinaFest begin at noon. The event is free to the public and will have live music, speakers and other activities. Two main stages will showcase singers. James Taylor is set to take the main stage from 5:15 p.m. to 6:1 5 p.m. Organizers have lofty goals expecting 30,000 visitors.
2. MEDIA TAKES OVER
While no formal events take place Monday inside Time Warner Cable Arena, media outlets from several companies across the country will begin broadcasting from suites and the convention floor. NewsChannel 36 will hold its first newscast at 12 p.m. from its sweet at TWC Arena. Other outlets, like MSNBC, Fox News and CNN, will be at various locations in uptown, including the EpiCentre.
3. THE ROOTS TAKE STAGE
Of the dozens of events Monday is StartUp RockOn s Music Extravaganza at Amos in South End in uptown Charlotte. Jimmy Fallon s band The Roots will perform at the party, which begins at 8 p.m.
4. WILL IT RAIN ON YOUR PARADE?
Weather continues to be a factor all week in Charlotte. The First Warn Storm team says there is a 60 percent chance of rain on Monday, which could dampen the Labor Day parade in uptown. The forecast calls for a high of 88 degrees.
5. FIRST LADY ARRIVES
Michelle Obama is scheduled to arrive Monday. The first lady's speech is scheduled for 10:35 p.m. Tuesday at Time Warner Cable Arena. She has an event Wednesday at the Marriott City Center and she will join President Obama on Thursday at Bank of America Stadium.